My tribal affiliation is Koyoonk’auwi (also known as Concow), whose homelands are in northeast California along parts of the Feather River watershed.  I grew up in Berkeley, California, attended the University of California, Berkeley and later the University of New Mexico, where I earned my Ph.D. in English.  I’m a poet and writer, a University professor, an amateur musician (accordion, guitar, and vocals), and I enjoy learning about and making photographs.  I like folk-dancing, as well as other kinds of dance.  I hold a second degree black belt in Aikido.  I have always lived in the West: California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado, where I currently reside.


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